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A Biographical Novel in Three Parts

Leonidas. The hero of Thermopylae.  In 480 BC he would defy an army half a million strong.  But who was he?

This is his story.  From his boyhood in the infamous Spartan agoge to the last stand of the 300 at Thermopylae, Leonidas and his queen, Gorgo, are brought to life.

This is Sparta!!!
As you’ve never seen it before.


"Spend a few bucks and enjoy this fast and interesting read.  I had no preconceived notions of this being a "prequel" to the "300" film.  I went into this well-written story with an open mind as to content and style.  I must say I couldn't wait to get home from work and turn my Kindle on to get to the next chapter.  That is so rare with historical fiction. "
(Praise from Kathleen Ann Langley for Leonidas of Sparta: A Boy of the Agoge)

"Her literary style, superb character development, and creative imagination combine to draw the reader into this compelling story.  I especially valued her ability to convey growth in maturity in Leonidas and his friend Alkander as they dealt with the pathos of the death within the family, and the inequity and injustice of politics and society." 

(Praise from Richard R. Blake for Leonidas of Sparta: A Boy of the Agoge)

"Helena P. Schrader has, in "Leonidas of Sparta: A Boy of the Agoge," prescribed a welcome antidote to the skewed visions of ancient Sparta put forth in works such as "Gates of Fire" and "300."  If you have an interest in the real Sparta, without supermen in capes and Speedos, then this is a book for you. "

(Praise from Paul Bardunias for Leonidas of Sparta: A Boy of the Agoge)

“Helena Schrader has done it again, amazingly. In this, her second volume in the Leonidas trilogy, she has brought an admittedly difficult period in Leonidas’ life to a level of sustained reader interest… Her research is beyond reproach… [she] has done a superb job here putting flesh on the few historical bones that we have of Leonidas.”

(Praise from Brenda Miller for Leonidas of Sparta: A Peerless Peer)

“Another winner by Dr. Schrader. Helena is a talented historian. She is also a gifted writer who can weave history into a readable, flowing and enjoyable story.”
(Praise from Cookie for Leonidas of Sparta: A Peerless Peer)

“Yes, once again Ms. Schrader has kept me up WAY past my bedtime for ‘just one more chapter.’… I once again cannot wait until the 3rd and final book comes out next year!”  (Book is available September 2012)

(Praise from Kathleen Ann Langley for Leonidas of Sparta: A Peerless Peer)

“The characters are as believable as in any novel set in modern times, and the world they live in is filled in, wonderfully detailed, and vivid.”
(Praise from Linda Benninghof for The Olympic Charioteer)

“It is a masterful feat when a writer can engross the reader into the very depths of the story to the point that they are oblivious to the profundity of knowledge they are gaining.  Helena P. Schrader accomplishes just that….”

(Praise from Regan Windsor for Are They Singing in Sparta?)


Schrader holds a PhD in History and has been published in academic journals on Sparta.  She provides detailed historical notes explaining her interpretation of the known facts and a useful list of references.  
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